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No One Is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border [Paperback]

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Item description for No One Is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border by Justin Akers Chacon, Mike Davis & Julian Cardona...

In No One Is Illegal, Mike Davis and Justin Akers Chacn expose the racism of anti-Immigration vigilantes and put a human face on the immigrants who daily risk their lives to cross the border to work in the United States. Countering the mounting chorus of anti-immigrant voices, No One Is Illegal debunks the leading ideas behind the often violent right-wing backlash against immigrants, revealing their deep roots in U.S. history, and documents the new civil rights movement that has mounted protests around the country to demand justice and dignity for immigrants. No One is Illegal also features moving, evocative photos from award-winning photographer Julin Cardona.

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"The 'immigration debate' suffers from ideologically-induced amnesia. No One is Illegal is brimming with the historical context-and brave analysis -that we need to address the political and above all human crisis of migration. This book arrives not a moment too soon... literally, there are lives on the line." --Ruben Martinez, author, The New Americans: Seven Families Journey to Another Country. "Is immigration really a 'national crisis'? Chacn and Davis attack the question by revealing the disturbing, centuries-old context for the cross-border working-class, and the resurgence of reactionary anti-immigrant politics and racist vigilante violence. No One Is Illegal powerfully argues that the borders themselves are barriers to imagining real social justice. An urgent, important must-read." --Jeff Chang, author, Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation. "[The phrase] `no human being is illegal' was coined by Bert Corona in the 1960s. Forty years later, Mike Davis and Justin Akers Chacn tell us the real story about the immigrant worker heroes." --Nativo Lopez, president, Mexican American Political Association

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Item Specifications...

Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 15, 2006
Publisher   Haymarket Books
ISBN  1931859353  
ISBN13  9781931859356  

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More About Justin Akers Chacon, Mike Davis & Julian Cardona

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Justin Akers Chacon isB a professorB of U.S. History and Chicano Studies in San Diego, California. He has contributed to the International Socialist Review and the book Immigration: Opposing Viewpoints (Greenhaven Press).

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Vapid Marxist drivel exhorts reconquering America and forcing the 3rd world on it.  Aug 8, 2008
Ok so I read most of this trash at the book store since I am saving my money to make a Minuteman donation as soon as possible. Basically, if you are a follower of extreme leftist views, an internationalist, hate the US, worship George Soros, this IS the book for you.

The author thinks his historically-based arguments somehow create an excuse to disregard American laws today, and that to enforce our borders is akin to the SS storm troopers kicking in doors to drag to Jews to the camps. Unfortunately, his rhetoric falls far short of the goal to tug at MY heart strings. All the border-enforcement supporters want is that the economy draining dregs from the 3rd world go back to whence they came. Sure they want a better life, but how about working on their own country rather than breaking in, and having the nerve to DEMAND that tax money go to educate, heal, and imprison them, as well as have the right to pop out anchor-babies at a frightening rate so that they're nice and safe here, all the while sending BILLIONS to Mexico et al.

Racism? Hmmmm how does the obligatory race card change the secured-borders argument? The drain on the economy argument? The cultural decline argument? Failure to assimilate argument? So all you starry-eyed multiculturalists, all-loving and full of-goodness, self-loathing full of white guilt, just remember MOST of this country agrees with me. It will be a fact that THERE WILL ALWAYS BE ILLEGAL ALIENS, and deported they will continue to be. If I could deport this book... Europe this country will never be.
No Burglar Is A Criminal  Feb 10, 2008
When I saw this book, I looked around at what else was on the shelf. Maybe it's part of a series, I thought. But no, the surrounding books were not "No Burglar is a Criminal", "No Man is a Rapist", and "No Woman is a Nag".

So what, I thought, is the meaning of this fantasy title? I took it home. By the end of the preface I understood. It's not that the authors believe the 10 or 20 million foreigners whose immigration status is unauthorized, the group commonly called "illegals", doesn't exist. Nor do they think the laws making them illegal don't exist. They WISH the laws didn't exist.

Jumping from "We Wish No One Were Illegal" to "No One Is Illegal" is just the first of many breathtaking acts of wishful thinking in the book. I recommend reading with a yellow highlighter, marking the other instances of wishful thinking. Have a spare highlighter on hand.

Author Chacon writes on page 8 "I ... hope [this book] provokes a wider discussion and debate about what kind of world we want and need as working people, un peublo mundial sin forteras." In other words, he wants a world without borders. Sorry, Mr. Chacon, the borders and the countries they define are here. The people who cross those borders without permission are illegals.

Aside from serious confusion between "what is" and "what one would like to be", this book suffers from a second major flaw. It's not written in standard English. Only those steeped in Marxist jargon are going to make sense of "In true mass character, ... " (p. 7) and many other strange constructions. Because of this, the book is not suitable for a general audience.

Most readers will be better off with a mainstream book.
Fair trade, working class solidarity, compassion, etc.  Jun 13, 2007
This book dismantles the narratives we hear from the establishment media regarding undocumented workers. It covers the history of oppression migrant workers have faced, including beatings from the KKK and the Order of Caucasians, among other vigilantes organized by agribusiness interests.
It also covers the devastating impacts of NAFTA on Mexico's economy. Page 121 points out, "Over 1.3 million small farmers in Mexico were pushed into bankruptcy by cheap American grain imports between 1994 and 2004. Luis Tellez, former undersecretary for planning in Mexico's Ministry of Agriculture and Hydraulic Resources, estimates that as many as 15 million peasants will leave agriculture in the next few decades, many seeing migration north as the only option. . . Meanwhile, the deindustrialization of Mexico continues unabated. Mexico lost an unprecedented 515,000 jobs in the first three months of 2005 alone."
What industry there is, is now found in the sites of hyper-exploitation known as maquiladoras.

One negative review calls the book "Marxist." Well, the book is mostly just an honest analysis of the situation. Something that demagogues like Tom Tancredo avoid. Tancredo likes to whip up hysteria. His congressional district (one of the wealthiest in the country) has a large Lockheed Martin plant. Lockheed will be making a fortune on the further militarization of the border.
Anyway, the book does include one quotation from Karl Marx, and I think it's worth repeating. Justin Akers Chacon writes: "Marx illustrated the self-sabotaging nature of the conflict between 'native-born' workers and immigrant workers in his analysis of the relationship between the English and Irish working classes when he wrote, 'The ordinary English worker hates the Irish worker as a competitor who lowers his standard of life. In relation to the Irish worker, he feels himself a member of the ruling nation and so turns himself into a tool of the aristocrats and capitalists of his country against Ireland, thus stengthening their domination over himself. He cherishes religious, social and national prejudices against the Irish worker. This antagonism is the secret of the impotence of the English working class, despite its organization. It is the secret by which the capitalist class maintains its power. And that class is fully aware of it.'
Inter-ethnic and international class solidarity, or lack thereof, has been a determinant of the progression, inertia, or regression of the American labor movement. When nationalist or chauvinist sentiments are strong, the working class is weak, demonstrating the deep penetration of ruling-class ideology into working-class consciousness."

This book also covers the conquest of Mexico, and the opportunities for organizing immigrants.
It's a sensational book that I have been quoting over various message boards. I'll be buying several copies of it.

another book for school  May 15, 2007
I bought this book for a class at college. I am really tired of this propoganda. I do not agree with the viewpoints.
Great Book  Jan 19, 2007
Read this book for a class, truly enjoyed the book and the class

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